A Los Angeles-area plastic surgeon could lose his license after a patient in his care died. The doctor, who also is accused of misleading patients about being affiliated with Harvard University, is not allowed to perform procedures that pierce the skin until the case is resolved.
A national survey suggests that physicians, regardless of specialization, worry about malpractice lawsuits, sometimes resulting in unnecessary tests. "Physicians' concerns about malpractice are driven more by their perception that the malpractice tort process is unfair and arbitrary and less by their actual risk of getting sued," the study's author said.
Adipose-derived stem cells maintained their characteristics in in-vitro cultures enough to boost tissue regeneration when transplanted, recent studies found. "The use of purified adipose-derived stem cells might improve [tissue repair] by shortening the time to achieve aesthetic results and thereby improving patient quality of life," said researcher Rita Falcioni of the Regina Elena Cancer Institute in Rome.
China's plastic surgery market is largely unregulated and unlicensed, and unskilled practitioners endanger patients, critics say. One 28-year-old who said she has had 170 to 180 operations blogs about her experiences, warning young people about the consequences of surgeries gone wrong.
An unidentified plastic surgeon bid about $17,000 for a 1597 medical journal detailing the procedure for rhinoplasty and other plastic surgeries. The manual includes diagrams of instruments and techniques used to reconstruct war-damaged noses, ears and lips. The author, Gaspare Tagliacozzi, was a professor of surgery and anatomy at the University of Bologna.